Advocacy (IMHA)

What is Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)?

Our independent Advocacy Service supports and enables people detained or sectioned under the Mental Health Act to express what they want to happen about their treatment and care and provides professional protection of people’s rights and dignity. An advocate works in partnership with the people they support and takes their side.

Our Oldham service specialises in providing Independent Mental Health Advocacy support aimed at people in the borough with mental health issues who struggle to have their voice heard. We can work with people who are residents in the Oldham area, as well as female patients at the Tameside Step-down Unit.

When might I need an advocate?

Our service (IMHA) is for most people detained or sectioned under the Mental Health Act. This includes:

How can an advocate help?

If you are subject to any of the criteria mentioned above you may be feeing disempowered, distressed, angry and confused- you may even feel like it’s you against the professionals involved in your care.

One of the ways an advocate could help is by supporting you to express your views in an effective way and helping you to understand and exercise your right to be informed and involved in your own care and treatment.

So advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling you to:

What can an advocate do for me?

Our advocacy service is free, confidential and independent which means we only represent your wishes and opinion. We will not judge or offer our personal view point.

So if you feel you would benefit from our support or you are caring for someone in this situation, then you’ve come to the right place.

How to contact us

Download the IMHAA Referral Form which you can fill in and either fax or post to the Oldham office. You will need to have Microsoft Word (or a compatible viewer such as the freeware Microsoft Applications Viewers) installed to access this form.

Contact Details:

Important! Our service is usually provided away from the office so we are regularly out and about. If you would like to arrange an appointment or would like some more information, please contact the office on 0161 716 2217. If we are unavailable please feel free to leave a message including your name and your contact number and one of our advocates will return your call as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.